Genesis 3:14

“And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the LORD God said vnto the Serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed aboue all cattel, and aboue euery beast of the field: vpon thy belly shalt thou goe, and dust shalt thou eate, all the dayes of thy life.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jehovah God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, cursed art thou above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Lord God said to the snake, Because you have done this you are cursed more than all cattle and every beast of the field; you will go flat on the earth, and dust will be your food all the days of your life:
- Basic English Bible

And Jehovah Elohim said to the serpent, Because thou hast done this, be thou cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field. On thy belly shalt thou go, and eat dust all the days of thy life.
- Darby Bible

And the LORD God said to the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field: upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, you are cursed above all livestock, and above every animal of the field. On your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.
- World English Bible

And Jehovah God saith unto the serpent, `Because thou hast done this, cursed [art] thou above all the cattle, and above every beast of the field: on thy belly dost thou go, and dust thou dost eat, all days of thy life;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the LORD God said unto the serpent: 'Because thou hast done this, cursed art thou from among all cattle, and from among all beasts of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 3:14


3:14 To testify a displeasure against sin, God fastens a curse upon the serpent, Thou art cursed above all cattle - Even the creeping things, when God made them, were blessed of him, #Ge 1:22|, but sin turned the blessing into a curse. Upon thy belly shalt thou go - No longer upon feet, or half erect, but thou shalt crawl along, thy belly cleaving to the earth. Dust thou shalt eat - Which signifies a base and despicable condition.


Discussion for Genesis 3

  • A disciple
    Insight; Paul never said that Adam was innocent; Adam caused an alienated from God sin-nature and death to pass to all men; that is not innocence! The woman being deceived was in transgression; and the man hearkened to the voice of his wife, and disobeyed the LORD God. When sin conceived, they knew that they were naked, and ran to hide in shame; afraid of the holy voice of God. So we all must die.
  • Insight777
    Explain how Adam is innocent of sin. I do not see that. No matter how I view this, Adam knew he was not supposed to eat yet he willfully chose to turn against his Lord God. Some think it was because he loved Eve more than God. Adam wanted to do as he pleased without restrictions. Paul says Adam is without sin but Eve should be punished for sin. How is that righteous, male sin is not sin?
  • A disciple
    I wonder where all this projected importance about blood-lines began, and to what end? It is clear, that God has made of one blood all nations of men, and that the life of the flesh is in the blood; but next to that, what is really the issue? The LORD said through the Prophet, "I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed:" and also that He will turn to all people a pure language.
  • A disciple
    Insight; Yes, and may I add, that the blood does not pass through the woman, but through the seed of the man. Jesus came in the flesh through His mother, as we all do; but He was separate from sinners in that He was incarnate through the Spirit of God. Very thoughtful, but not too bright men, might well ask, How can these things be? But we then have to ask, How can God create by simply speaking?
  • Insight777
    It is important to understand it is Josephs linage that is traced and not Jesus. Joseph is not the biological father of Jesus. Before Abraham, Jesus existed. How is David his father? Jesus denies
    bloodline connection with those men. Salvation does not come from Adam or any of his sinning sons.
  • Lu2677
    "read the account again"v.14 To Satan;because thou hast done this you are cursed.God started the curse in 14, continued the curse in 15."And unto the woman he said."Continued the curse in 16 "And unto Adam He said."through 19.The physical death of the body, and having knowledge of good and evil is a given,happened when they ate.Did the new covenant change the events of 14-19? NO. Still cursed

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